Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement Matters

“Paychecks can’t buy passion.” – Brad Federman It is getting to be a rather tiring topic. To be successful, you must have employees who are engaged. You can Google the topic and find all kinds of advice. The fact is, there is an overwhelming number of people who are not engaged in their work. To…

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How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em?

There is a World War I era song titled, How Ya Gonna Keep Em Down On The Farm, after they’ve seen Paris (pronounced in the song as Par-ee)? Farm boys had gone off to war in Europe at a time when farm boys knew no other life than the one they were living on the farm. Up…

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Keeping Your Team Members Connected, Engaged and Energized

A recent survey conducted by the AICPA showed one of the biggest concerns accounting firms are facing today is employee retention and engagement. This is no surprise and is endemic throughout the entire profession.  As the economy takes a turn for the better, the rate at which team members are leaving their current employment or…

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Why Do You Care Where I Work? Six Reasons to Go Virtual

Firms must move – and move now – to support virtual work environments. I’ll admit I’m biased.  For fifteen years, I have run a completely virtual business.  When not on the road speaking, teaching or consulting, each of our team members works from home in cities across the country.  From our inception, the information assets…

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Flexibility- Not Just About Part Time Work Schedules

Flexibility??  …Been there done that?  Or that won’t work here…our customers and clients are too demanding?  Do these comments sound familiar?  Read on to learn how flexibility may not be what you think. Building flexibility into a work culture impacts so much more than your employee’s intention to stay and contribute their very best to the organization.  While…

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A conversation with Managing Partners

I recently facilitated a panel discussion with three managing partners. The topic of discussion was around developing future leaders. They also shared best practices around creating a culture focused on creating value for clients, and not just what we ordinarily think of as value. True value and deep relationships that come from a focus on…

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Seek A Higher Level Of Engaged Employee For Your CPA Firm

You have read a lot about it. I have written a lot about it. Hopefully, you are working on it. I am referring to developing and retaining engaged employees. Per the Gallup organization, there are three types of employees: ENGAGED employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the…

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How to Involve Your Young CPAs in Growing Your Firm

It’s no secret that a lot of CPA firms are facing succession of partners now – and will for years to come. As we work with firms to help them grow, one of the most common questions we get is how to involve their young people and what should they be doing? What should your…

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